Gisborne is a sunny seaside town on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It is a popular summertime destination as it has a relatively warm, dry and sunny climate, swimming and surf beaches with a more relaxed pace of life than the larger cities. It is the first city in the world to see the sun each day.
Gisborne is a long town, as it has spread out along the main road into town. A car is advisable, though if you are going to the beach, walking is a good idea, as parking in the central city is often a problem.
The central business district is quite small and easy to get around.
Vineyard and winery tours. Gisborne is one of New Zealand's largest grape growing regions with just over half its 2000 hectares of vineyards planted in chardonnay. A Mediterranean climate and suitable soils are the key factors in the success of wine production in this region which regularly produces unique, full-flavoured, award winning wines of international standard.
Surfing, swimming, fishing
Rere rockslide is a natural sloping rock formation that a stream flows over and visitors can slide down on body boards, tyres or backsides.
McDonald's. World's most easterly Macca's
Verve, 121 Gladstone Road, ☎ 06-868 9095. 8.30-5.30 M-F, S/S 9-3. Cafe with breakfast and lunch menu. A small offering of counter snacks; full kitchen closes at 2.30 with snacks available until close. Music and local art on the walls.